Pakistani PM condemns suicide blast in Quetta

21:29, September 03, 2010      

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Smoke rises from the site of the suicide blast in Quetta, Pakistan, Sept. 3, 2010. (Xinhua/Iqbal Hussain)

The Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani Friday strongly condemned the terrorist attack in the country's southwest city of Quetta which has so far left 40 people killed and over 100 others injured.

In a statement issued after the attack, Gilani ordered an immediate investigation into the attack.

According to local media reports, a suicide bomber carrying an estimated 15 kilograms of explosives blew himself up among thousands of people where were gathering in support of the Palestinian people on Friday afternoon in Quetta city in Pakistan' s southwest Balochistan province.

The blast took place at about 3:05 p.m. at the Meezan Chowk area of the city. An estimated 2,500 people were taking part in the rally, said an eyewitness, adding that the rally is organized by Shia Muslims.

On Wednesday night, a massive attack targeting Shia muslims took place in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, during which at least two suicide bombers blew themselves up among hundreds of thousands of Shia muslims who were marching on the streets in the city to mark the death anniversary of Ali, the son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad, killing at least 37 people and injuring over 200 others.

A Punjab-based terrorist group named Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which comprises Sunni muslims, later claimed the responsibility for the deadly attack.

Shortly after the blast in Quetta, police cordoned off the area and reportedly fired into the air to hold back people who tried to enter the blast site in fear of possible attack by angry people who have lost their beloved ones in the blast as it did happen following Wednesday night's blasts in Lahore.

All the injured people have been rushed to different hospitals in the city. At least four media people who were present to cover the rally were also injured, sources in Quetta told Xinhua.

So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

The latest news coming in said that a lot of shops in Quetta have been set on fire and firing are being heard across the city.

Source: Xinhua


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